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Player Information
Name:
张宁
Romanized Name:
Zhang Ning
Birth:
January 19, 1989 (1989-01-19) (age 31)
Country:
Status:
Active
Team:
Nicknames:
Director 8
Role(s):
Signature Hero:
Doom Nature's Prophet Beastmaster
Approx. Total Earnings:
$1,831,266
Links
History
2011-08-02 — 2011-08-09
2011-08-09 — 2014-02-19
2014-02-23 — 2014-07-29
2014-12-31 — 2015-03-08
2015-03-08 — 2016-09-17
2016-09-17 — 2017-01-03
2017-01-10 — 2018-01-02
2018-01-02 — 2018-05-??
2018-05-25 — 2020-09-16
EHOME (Coach)
2020-09-16 — Present
PSG.LGD (Coach)

Zhang "xiao8" Ning is a Chinese professional Dota 2 player who is currently the coach of PSG.LGD.

Biography[edit]

Xiao8 begun his professional career in September 2010 playing in Dream alongside Yao, DD, Li and SJQ.[1]

Dota 2[edit]

In early 2011 Xiao8 joined Catastrophic Cruel Memories along with Zhou, Ferrari 430 and ddc. After some success Xiao8 and his teammates moved to Invictus Gaming in a $6 million deal.[2] However the team failed to perform in The International 2011, and following a defeat to Tyloo at the World Cyber Games 2011 Xiao8 and ddc moved to LGD Gaming.[3] In LGD Gaming Xiao8 played the offlane prior to and during The International 2012, but afterwards played the solo mid role, up until his departure from the team.[4]

Xiao8 was then rumored to be part of a "Chinese Dream Team",[5] and it was later confirmed that he was acquired, along with Hao, by Newbee for approximately $100,000 USD,[6] joining KingJ, ZSMJ, and Mu. Xiao8 would start off in the support role, until ZSMJ and KingJ were replaced by Banana and Sansheng, delegating the offlane to Xiao8. This team would go on to win The International 2014, despite almost being eliminated in the group stages. On July 29th, Xiao8 announced his break from professional play on his Weibo.[7]

Trivia[edit]

  • He chose the name Xiao8 because Xiao1-7 were not available.[8]
  • Xiao8 married Chinese model Jie Zhao after meeting her on a Chinese game show,[9] after initially failing to woo any of the women on the show he re-appeared in a later episode and secured a date. The two officially announced their divorce after being separated for an extended period.[10]

Achievements[edit]

DatePlaceTierTournamentTeamResultPrize
2016-08-09IC9 - 12thA0Tier 1The International 2016The International 2016PSG.LGD0 : 2$311,557
2016-06-11DA4thA0Tier 1The Manila Major 2016The Manila Major 2016PSG.LGD0 : 2$255,000
2015-08-08CA3rdA0Tier 1The International 2015The International 2015PSG.LGD0 : 2$2,211,554
2015-05-23AA1stA0Tier 1i-League Season 3i-League Season 3PSG.LGD3 : 0$213,806
2015-02-08DA4thA0Tier 1Dota 2 Asia Championships 2015Dota 2 Asia ChampionshipsDota 2 Asia Championships 2015Big God1 : 2$214,026
2014-09-28BA2ndA0Tier 1i-League Season 1i-leaguei-League Season 1Old Boys0 : 3$62,331
2014-07-21AA1stA0Tier 1The International 2014The InternationalThe International 2014Newbee3 : 1$5,025,029
2014-01-08AA1stA0Tier 1Dota 2 League Season 4RaidCall Dota 2 LeagueDota 2 League Season 4PSG.LGD3 : 1$25,000
2012-11-18AA1stA0Tier 1G-1 Champions League Season 4G-1 Champions LeagueG-1 Champions League Season 4PSG.LGD2 : 0$28,867
2012-09-02CA3rdA0Tier 1The International 2012The InternationalThe International 2012PSG.LGD1 : 2$150,000
Complete list of results in any tournament
DatePlaceTierTournamentTeamResultPrize
2019-11-19IC9 - 12thA0Tier 1MDL Chengdu MajorMDL Chengdu MajorEHOME0 : 2$25,000
2019-06-14EA5 - 6thA1Tier 2StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor Season 2StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor Season 2EHOME1 : 2$15,000
2019-03-16MC13 - 16thA0Tier 1DreamLeague Season 11DreamLeague Season 11EHOME0 : 1$10,000
2019-03-09EC5 - 8thA0Tier 1World Electronic Sports Games 2018World Electronic Sports Games 2018EHOME1 : 2$10,000
2019-02-22GA7 - 8thA1Tier 2MDL Macau 2019MDL Macau 2019EHOME0 : 1$7,500
2019-01-26EA5 - 6thA0Tier 1The Chongqing MajorThe Chongqing MajorEHOME0 : 2$60,000
2019-01-13AA1stA1Tier 2The Bucharest MinorThe Bucharest MinorEHOME3 : 1$125,000
2018-12-23BA2ndA2Tier 32018 Sanya DOTA2 New-Stars Play2018 Sanya DOTA2 New-Stars PlayEHOME1 : 2$7,240
2018-10-03AA1stA2Tier 3World Electronic Sports Games 2018 China FinalsWorld Electronic Sports Games 2018 China FinalsEHOME2 : 0$11,647
Complete list of coaching results in any tournament

Gallery[edit]

Interviews[edit]

2018[edit]

2016[edit]

2015[edit]

2014[edit]

2013[edit]

2012[edit]

References[edit]